Danny Granger is watching the NBA Finals from the last place he wanted to be: the bleachers.
The Indiana Pacers star can’t help but wonder what might have happened if he had a healthy season. It’s possible he may have helped the Pacers get past the Miami Heat in a seven-game series had he not been injured. It’s extremely possible. Granger is too talented of a player, when he’s healthy, to not make a difference.
That’s the key phrase: “when he’s healthy.” This was a bad season for Granger as he missed most of it. The Pacers showed against the Heat how close they are to being title contenders. Immediately following the Pacers’ exit from the season, the widespread talk now is that he’ll have his knee situation taken care of and will have a full recovery.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel has already said that he anticipates Granger will be able to play a full schedule and can be with the team at playoff time.
That remains to be seen. The NBA is such a long season with preseason camps starting mid-September and the season, with the NBA playoffs included, going until mid-June. It’s a nine-month journey and anything can go wrong in that time span, and usually does.
He could only play nine games this season and averaged 5.4 points a game. That pales with his career average of 18.1 points a game. A team going for an NBA title can never have too many weapons. Can the Pacers win it all next year if Granger stays healthy? Yes.